RE: [SI-LIST] : Rambus patent posturing - what gives?

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From: X2Y ATTENUATORS, LLC. (X2Y@X2Y.COM)
Date: Mon Mar 27 2000 - 02:58:38 PST


Andrew:

        Since this is not the Legal Integrity List, my only a guess would be that
Hitachi's case is weak. Invoking additional help from the Federal Government
(Yikes!, Is there such a thing? ) in the form of filing Sherman Anti-Trust
complaints seems to me to be a bit of a stretch. I thought this act was
primarily aimed at monopolistic practices by large corporations doing
business across state lines. Since the Rambus market share is small (Now),
it would appear to me not to be applicable. Besides, I thought an issued
U.S. Patent was the Federal Governments' license for "an exclusive legal
monopoly"?

        In any case, the attorneys on both sides should eat well in this one.

Best Regards,

William M. Anthony
X2Y Attenuators, LLC.
http://www.x2y.com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-si-list@silab.eng.sun.com
> [mailto:owner-si-list@silab.eng.sun.com]On Behalf Of Andrew Phillips
> Sent: Monday, March 27, 2000 3:01 AM
> Subject: [SI-LIST] : Rambus patent posturing - what gives?
>
> Hitachi's reply to Rambus: you violated antitrust act, Jedec rules
> By Jack Robertson, Semiconductor Business News (03/24/00, 07:58:45
PM EDT)
>
> WASHINGTON -- Hitachi Ltd. today charged in a U.S. district court
> that Rambus Inc. has violated the Sherman Antitrust
> Act with its exclusionary patent policy and campaign to intimidate
> semiconductor producers and their OEM customers.
>

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